Amylopectin is a water-soluble polysaccharide commonly found in plant-based food, with the other being amylose. Amylopectin swells up in the stomach as it moves through the digestive tract cleaning up any food residue and toxins in the gut. It is formed by glycosidic bonds (similar to peptide bonds) and contains many sugar units linked together.
It is a branched-chain polymer of the D-glucose units which constitutes about 80% of the starch.
The primary function is to store food and energy and release it slowly over time as the body needs it.« Back to Glossary Index